Q. I am newly situated on a street with the wide trail, where we just had a regular sidewalk before. Do I have to shovel that whole area out to the curb?
A. Clearing a normal space is enough. The area close to the street is then available for piling up what is plowed to the side and can also provide a bit of a barrier to keep plowed snow from always cascading over your cleared off walkway. As applies everywhere, please remember that we can’t shovel or blow snow back out into the street after the plow passes.
Q. Why doesn’t the Aberdeen Downtown Association grow a tree to use for their Christmas tree display each year instead of cutting down a live one, using it and then just having to throw it away?
A. The association doesn’t own that property, so they couldn’t do anything permanent there on their own. Presumably, the ownership would like to keep the property in a state that is conducive to some future commercial use, so some adding a long-term obstruction would not be reasonable to ask for.
City Council attendance
Last week’s City Council had to postpone a work session due to absences. As it became apparent that we would not have most of the members at the 4 p.m. meeting, I mentioned that three members had contacted me to say they had unavoidable conflicts. I had forgotten that councilman Jeff Mitchell had also informed us that he would be absent; I was still expecting him to be there soon, just a little late.
Not including his name left an incorrect implication that Jeff did not have a good excuse. Actually, he was very properly absent because he was attending a state housing conference in Pierre.
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